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A semester by semester outline of suggested courses for each degree option is available in the Music and Performing Arts Office.

The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Department Objectives:

Theatre and Dance
  1. All students planning to major or minor in music must complete admission requirements as determined by the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Application for admission including audition must be submitted prior to enrollment. Music majors and minors must choose an area of applied music and meet the proficiency standards of the Department for admission and graduation. All new students will audition to determine their performance level. Students should be able to perform with adequate technique, tone quality and musicianship; specific audition requirements for each performance area are available through the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

    All incoming students including transfer students will also take placement tests in the areas of theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and performance. Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted provisionally. Once students have been accepted into a program they must receive departmental approval to change their applied music area or academic program.

  2. All music majors and minors are required to complete piano requirements, including a proficiency examination as determined by the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain continuous enrollment in piano until the piano proficiency examination is completed. All piano examination requirements must be completed prior to registration for Field Experience/Student Teaching (Music Education majors), Internship (Music Business majors) or Senior Recital (Performance/Musical Theatre majors).
    The placement level in piano classes will be made by the piano faculty at the time of the entrance audition. Those with limited keyboard background will be placed into the appropriate Piano Techniques class. Students with keyboard facility will be placed into Keyboard Harmonization (the entire exam is covered in one semester) or, under the advisement of the piano faculty, may elect to independently prepare for and take the full piano proficiency examination, given by a committee of piano faculty, by the end of their third semester. Degree requirements are outlined in the Piano Proficiency Packet. Proficiency examinations are scheduled each semester.
  3. Every full-time music major or minor must participate in a large ensemble every semester until the large ensemble degree requirement is satisfied. Wind and percussion students will elect band (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon students may elect the orchestra once the two semester marching band requirements have been met); string students will elect the orchestra; voice students will elect an appropriate vocal ensemble; guitar students will elect any ensemble; keyboard students will elect any ensemble or appropriate accompaniment/chamber music assignment for their participation (except the semester enrolled in Senior Recital). After the large ensemble requirement is met, all full-time music majors must participate in at least one ensemble each semester, except the semester enrolled in Internship or Student Teaching.
  4. Students completing requirements for a major or minor in music must earn the total number of credits listed for their specific program. Completion of a course through proficiency examination does not reduce the total number of program credits required.
  5. Candidates for degrees must satisfactorily complete an exit assessment including a portfolio before graduation. Specific requirements should be obtained from the advisor in the student's first semester as a music major.

A semester by semester outline of suggested courses for each degree option is available in the Music and Performing Arts Office.


Three options are available in this major:

  1. Music - Bachelor of Arts Degree
  2. Music Performance Comprehensive - Bachelor of Music Degree
  3. Musical Theatre Comprehensive - Bachelor of Music Degree
  4. Music Comprehensive - Bachelor of Music Degree
  5. Music Education K-12 - Bachelor of Music Degree


One option is available for this major:

  1. Theatre - Bachelor of Arts Degree

A supplemental endorsement is offered in Theatre.

Minors in Music, Theatre, Dance, and Sound Recording Technology are available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines. The Elementary Education Major has a specially defined minor in Music.

Courses with the prefixes MUS, THEA and DANC are offered by the department.

19 May 2016